Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 12th Sep 2007 11:51 UTC
Original OSNews Interviews QNX has announced that they are going to open up the source code to their QNX microkernel operating system. The press release reads: "Effective immediately, QNX will make source code for its award-winning, microkernel-based OS available for free download. The first source release includes the code to the QNX Neutrino microkernel, the base C library, and a variety of board support packages for popular embedded and computing hardware." Read on for more information, as well as an interview with Dan Dodge, CEO of QNX.
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This is free software. GPL not required
by npang on Wed 12th Sep 2007 21:03 UTC in reply to "Good news?"
npang
Member since:
2006-11-26

It doesn't matter if this is licensed under the GPL. The fact that this is now free software means that we have the liberty to study the logic of that code. This means that we can write our own code that implements the same logic and we can release our (hypothetical) software under any license that we have chosen.

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wannabe geek Member since:
2006-09-27

Umm... it's NOT free sofware. It's NOT open source.
If anything, it's a kind of "shared source".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shared_source

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Umm... it's NOT free sofware. It's NOT open source.
If anything, it's a kind of "shared source".


Nonsense.

They allow everyone to look at the code, download it, compile it, change it, share it with their peers or keep it to themselves, heck, they can even make a distribution and put that online - they are just not allowed to sell it.

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npang Member since:
2006-11-26

You're right. I was wrong. I was blinded by the Apache 2.0 license. I didn't read answer 7 closely enough.

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